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ERIC Number: ED240180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Afro-Caribbean Women in the United States: Images and Reality.
Palmer, Annette
Most American-born (or native) blacks think of Afro-Caribbean women as clannish, thrifty to the point of greed, constant strivers, uninvolved in civil rights and women's rights activities, and believing in stereotypes of native blacks' inferiority. These images are tied to the Afro-Caribbean woman's immigrant status. As a foreigner, she constantly strives for financial security and to achieve goals which were the motives of immigration. The Afro-Caribbean woman has little time for or understanding of community activities. She develops most of her images from the media and believes that through hard work, the "American Dream" can be hers or her children's. Early socialization also influences her images. On arrival, she lives in poor black or Hispanic neighborhoods and has a low-status job. These facts, coupled with exposure to the belief that the city is to be feared, lead her to fear her neighbors. Divide-and-rule tactics in the workplace often reinforce the belief that she is superior to American-born blacks. Furthermore, ignorance of American segregation patterns leads to actions which a native black might not even consider. Thus, conflicts and misunderstandings arise between native blacks and Afro-Caribbean women because each has images of the other which do not coincide with reality. (CMG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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